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Children have the right to be bored


Especially when the children are on vacation, the new strategic plan to occupy our children's long vacation time appears on the horizon of our busy minds. The interruption of their many activities that have kept us busy during the school year gives us more than one headache. But, after a few long months of effort, scheduled activities, rushing and early rises, we all need a period in which to relax, have fun and imagine ... That's what vacations are for.

I remember that my vacations were a great time to do new things like running errands for Mom, learning to sew buttons, gazing at the clouds, or reading a fat book; to undertake new challenges such as riding a bicycle or swimming; to learn things that are not math and language; to play and quarrel with my brothers; to enjoy with the family, eat ice cream, stay up late and grow up.

Don't you remember anymore? When we were little, vacations or free time would take forever, it was wonderful! We even had time to get bored like oysters. That was a special time to meet ourselves and our little heads began to plot mischief, invent games and imagine situations. Being able to have that time to do nothing is really useful for our children, just as it was for us. So we shouldn't get too overwhelmed when they tell us about "Mom, I'm bored."

Currently, psychologists come to ratify what we have all experienced as children forever: that when we have nothing to do is when we have most easily used our creativity to imagine and to find entertainment worthy of our concerns.

A simple stick would come to our hair to make an anthill, with a few books and boxes we would devise a magnificent race car circuit, with some mother's wool, we would devise some impressive collages, with a bucket of water and a shovel we would make a hotel emporium for all the critters we collected ...

Despite what children tell us, parents have to know that their minds will not let them get bored, "voids" do not exist in the minds of our little ones, they always manage to fill them with thoughts, occurrences, games and inventions. So at any time of the year (but especially in summer) we should not be overwhelmed by scheduling and occupying all the hours of our child's day with multiple activities, but leaving them that intimate plot for boredom in which they can cultivate and reap the fruits. of your imagination.

Patro Gabaldon. our site

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